Firms warned to comply with bank rules on crypto-assets

Three US regulatory agencies have warned in a joint statement that the financial services industry must comply with banking rules when it comes to crypto-currencies.

US accounting standard to hit banks in a variety of ways

The current expected credit loss (CECL) standard will make it harder to compare bank reserve levels and will hit firms in a variety of ways when it comes in on January 2020, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. 

FSB/IMF call for continued political support to close data gaps

Substantial progress has been made in addressing the data that is needed to monitor global financial risks, but high level political support is needed to tackle remaining challenges, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report. 

Banks to be classified into four risk categories

Banks will be classified into four categories reflecting factors such as risk profiles as part of the US Federal Reserve Board’s framework for tailoring enhanced prudential standards for firms with $100bn or more in assets. 

Scott Martin

UK could become global standard setter for operational resilience testing

Work in the UK on operational and cyber resilience has reached such a level that its approach may well become a trendsetter for other jurisdictions to follow. By Dan Barnes.

Richard Watson-Bruhn

Banks need to take into account EBA guidelines when outsourcing

Outsourcing to third party providers can bring many benefits to banks, but this also comes with risks, which makes it all the more important for them to study the EBA’s guidelines on such activities  

Wind and solar

Banks need to curb their enthusiasm over ‘green’ supporting factors

The prospect of green supporting factors for RWAs being introduced in the EU to support the move towards a sustainable economy has created excitement among some bankers, however, they probably should not get their hopes too high

Steven Maijoor

Spot FX market gears up to fend off MAR threat

ESMA has put the cat among the pigeons in the spot FX market by asking in a consultation whether it should come under MAR with the industry now wondering how it can fend off any such attempt

Will Newcomer

CECL delay presents banks with opportunity to extract benefits

Parts of a new accounting standard, CECL, have proven to be contentious, but a delay in its implementation should be used by financial institutions as an opportunity to extract benefits from the best parts of it  

Deborah Young

The real promise of regtech is financial stability

The big prize promised by regtech is to provide genuine financial stability where looming risks can be detected and managed in real-time by regulators and firms before they ever develop into a full blown crisis